Saint Joseph's University's major in leadership, ethics and organizational sustainability (LEO) encourages undergraduate students to re-examine business practices in light of social, environmental, political and economic shifts. In this program, you'll learn to be a strong, effective and ethical leader.
Strategic Human Resource Management MS
The Master of Science in Strategic Human Resource Management at Saint Joseph's University will help you differentiate yourself from your peers. You will learn how organizational success hinges on strategic understanding of human resources.
Managing human capital is vital to the success of every organization, especially in today's competitive environment where constant changes in technology, global competition and government regulation occur.
Offered 100% online, Saint Joseph's MS in strategic human resource management is a 10-course, 30-credit degree program that covers all aspects of management within the human resource division of organizations. A graduate degree in HR will enhance and develop your ability to guide organizations successfully toward their goals with a robust and high-level human resources strategy.
What Sets Our Program Apart
Offered within the Ervin K. Haub School of Business, which holds dual AACSB International accreditation, the online HR master's program at Saint Joseph's is designed to transform you into a strategic partner within your profession. The Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) has recognized the program for having its curriculum aligned with graduate education guidelines.
The Strategic Human Resource Management MS is designed to meet the needs of both working professionals in the field looking to advance their careers. Courses in the master’s program are fully online, with small virtual class sizes making it easy to connect with your professors and classmates to develop your graduate network. For maximum flexibility, this program can be completed on a part-time basis.
Classes in this online HR master's degree program are taught by Saint Joseph's faculty members who have real-world HR management experience, as well as scholarly credentials. Therefore, students can feel confident that they're gaining the cutting-edge knowledge they need to succeed in today's tactical HR environment. Students also have access to dedicated career mentoring to help them work toward achieving their professional goals.
Through Saint Joseph's 4+1 program, current undergraduate students can start earning credits toward their Strategic Human Resources Management MS degree during their senior year. This unique option allows you to graduate with two degrees — a bachelor's and master's — in just five years, saving you time and money. Students from all majors are welcome to apply, but students majoring in areas outside of computer science may be required to complete prerequisite coursework. Students interested in this program should apply to the graduate program in their junior year and be conditionally accepted before they complete their bachelor's degree.
What Can I Do With a Master's in Strategic Human Resource Management?
Today's HR managers are no longer simply concerned with benefits and policies; they must also think from an organizational strategy standpoint. Whether you want to help manage workforce flow or ensure your recruiting and retention plans are competitive, an MS in Strategic Human Resources Management will provide you with the expertise you can use to advance your career.
As a student, you'll obtain technical competence in the HR field, gain experience in organizational development and learn how to help businesses better compete in the marketplace. Graduates can pursue careers such as:
- Director of professional development
- Director of business development
- VP of human capital
- Human capitalist analyst
- HR consultant
- Training manager
- HR analytics manager
Affordable tuition options start at $1,192 per credit.*
*Pricing does not include room and board, health insurance or any professional, clinical or transportation fees. Visit our Tuition & Fees page or contact us for more information.
Financial aid may be available to you to help offset the cost of your degree. Explore your options on our Financial Aid page.
Have you completed a year or more of service with a recognized service organization? You may be eligible for our mission discount.
Alumni of Saint Joseph's are eligible to receive 10% off the cost of this program through our alumni discount.
Check with your employer to see if they are an Edcor or a Bright Horizons EdAssist member, which may entitle you to a discount on graduate programs.
Note: discounts cannot be combined.
Graduate assistantships are offered on a limited basis. Please contact the program director for availability.
Saint Joseph's is a Yellow Ribbon School that accepts GI education benefits. Our Office of Veterans Services can help you access and understand your benefits.
Why Study a Master’s in Strategic Human Resource Management in Philadelphia?
By studying an MS in Strategic Human Resource Management at Saint Joseph’s University, you’ll be part of a rich and vibrant learning community that will become a valuable network for you long after graduation. You'll benefit from studying at a university situated in Philadelphia, one of the nation's largest cities offering countless job opportunities. A graduate degree in HR will enhance and develop your ability to help guide organizations successfully toward their goals with a robust and high-level human resources strategy.
A bachelor’s degree in a related area is not required. If you do not have adequate programming background, you will be required to take CSC 503 Java Programming, which will count toward one of the three electives courses.
- Apply online.
- Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended.
- Submit a personal statement.
- Submit resume.
- Submit two letters of recommendation.
Visit our Graduate Admission Information page to learn more about admission requirements, key deadlines, additional requirements for international students and how to submit your application.
Graduate applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. New students may enroll in courses during the fall, spring and summer semesters.
- Fall: August
- Spring: January
- Summer: May
If you’re applying as an international student, you must provide proof of English Language Proficiency and Certification of Finances along with your application. Check the graduate admission page for more information about the application process and additional requirements for international students.
Frequently Asked Questions
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, human resources managers earn a median annual salary of $126, 230.
Online classes are normally offered in 8-week accelerated sessions, with most classes meeting “live” online one evening per week.
In addition to a student support coordinator, we have a variety of other tools and resources that make it easy for you to get technical assistance, chart your course and focus your career search. Check out our online learning resources.